Last night the Caribbean nationals showed up in the droves for WIADCA’s annual BRASS FEST featuring some of Soca’s best.
The long lines were definitely an indication that behind the Brooklyn Museum was the place to be. With non-stop energy from the crowd of people showing where they came from, waving Bajan, Guyanese, Panamanian, Grenadian, Vincy, Trini and many other flags “above our atmosphere.”
The night was filled with performances by St. Vincent & the Grenadines’ Skinny Fabulous, WCK from Dominica, Michelle Xavier from T&T and Brooklyn’s own Lyrikal.
Kes the Band gave an electrifying performance with a diverse catalog of his new hits as well as covers from other Caribbean soca and reggae artistes. We caught up with Kes and it was evident he was still on a high from his morning’s appearance on Good Day New York. When asked how he felt about the opportunity, he let us know that FOX 5 reach out to him and he was “very honored” to be given the opportunity.
How did he feel? “I feel so happy, so honored, for such an opportunity,” Kes humbly stated.
Machel Montano brought his full band including his HD dancers and band crew, Patrice Roberts, Zan and Farmer Nappy. You are always promised a great show with Machel and he surely did not disappoint.
His high energy performance coupled with his fiery and seductive dancers
Young Devyn, the nine year old soca performer needs notable mention for holding down a 20 minute slot and delivering a great performance. Reminiscent to a young female version of Machel, with age appropriate clothes, songs and fabulous young dancers! Our culture’s future is bright with young artistes like Devyn.
MCs Giselle “De Wassi One” and Wassy both did a great job while DJs Spice from New York and Dr. Jay from Toronto kept the crowd entertained with the sweetest sounds of soca. Behind the scene, Ian “D Goose” Eligon was lead anchor for the live online broadcast on www.WIADCA.com.
This year the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) is celebrating their 44th year anniversary. You can view all of this weekend’s festivities live online via wwww.WIADCA.com
Kes almost breaking his back picking up his “big ting” at Brass Fest:
Check out the slide show…